Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo

I am sorry I didn’t post my normal Monday recipe but I was feeling terrible on Sunday with a nasty headache, stuffy nose, & sore throat so I didn’t have it in me to cook or do a blog post. Thankfully, I am feeling better today but still not 100%.  My daughter is getting over a cold and my son now is coughing and has a stuffy nose – you’ve gotta love the back to school germs!!  Even though it’s nearly 90 degrees outside, I decided to make us a big batch of soup in hopes that it will make us all feel better.  I grabbed whatever I had on hand which ended up being spinach, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, lots of  garlic, turkey Italian sausage, orzo, and chicken broth.  It was quick to make and only simmered for 1 1/2 hours so my house didn’t get too hot.  I loved how simple this soup was to make and how comforting and delicious it tasted.  The best part is that both of my kids requested leftovers for their school lunches – I love that!

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add the onion and the turkey Italian sausage and cook, stirring often, until the sausage has cooked through.  Side Note:  Use a potato masher to break up the Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles.  Add the  carrot, celery, and minced garlic; stir often for 2 minutes.  Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, chicken bouillon granules, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.  Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes.  Add the spinach right before serving.  Taste and re-season if needed.  Enjoy.

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Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies & Orzo

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 90 min.

Total Time: 100 min.

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1 small sweet yellow onion, diced
3 turkey Italian sausages, casings removed
3 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
5 cloves of garlic, minced
1 15oz can of diced tomatoes, drained
8 cups of chicken broth
3 tsp chicken bouillon granules
1 bay leaf
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of orzo
2 cups of baby spinach, chopped

Directions:

Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion and the turkey Italian sausage and cook, stirring often, until the sausage has cooked through. Side Note: Use a potato masher to break up the Italian sausage quickly and easily into crumbles. Add the carrot, celery, and minced garlic; stir often for 2 minutes. Add the diced tomatoes, chicken broth, bay leaf, chicken bouillon granules, and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Cover with a lid and let the soup simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Add the orzo and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the spinach right before serving. Taste and re-season if needed. Enjoy.

Recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net

 

 

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30 Responses to “Spinach and Turkey Italian Sausage Soup with Veggies and Orzo”

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    Sandi — September 17, 2012 @ 7:25 pm

    that looks amazing Pam!! really great. I will definitely be making it. Hope you and your family feel better soon!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — September 17, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Nothing is better for a cold than a bowl of hot soup. This one sounds delicious. I hope you and your kids get better soon.

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    Krystal — September 17, 2012 @ 8:37 pm

    That sounds delish? How much chicken bouillon did you add? I didn’t see it listed in the ingredient list.

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    • Pam replied: — September 17th, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

      Krystal,

      Thanks for letting me know it was missing. I have corrected the recipe to show the 3 teaspoons of chicken bouillon granules. Thanks again!

      Cheers,
      Pam

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      • Krystal replied: — September 17th, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

        Awesome, thanks! As soon as it gets cold enough I am definetly going to be making this.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — September 17, 2012 @ 9:44 pm

    Glad you’re feeling better, Pam! And I love that you made a big pot of soup in 90 degree weather – I’m the same way!

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    Carmen Rosa — September 18, 2012 @ 1:14 am

    Hi Pam, That soup looks so healthy and delicious!!!!!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — September 18, 2012 @ 1:15 am

    Pam, this is a bowl of comfort and deliciousness! Yum!

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    Michelle/Mickle in NZ — September 18, 2012 @ 2:02 am

    This is a wonderfully soothing and healing soup for any time of the year. If only we could get turkey sausage down here in New Zealand, but turkey is only really available for Christmas (when I’d far rather have lamb!). At least I can get good quality pork italian sausage.

    I hope you all feel a lot better very soon, Michelle down-under in Wellington, NZ

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    Debie — September 18, 2012 @ 3:34 am

    Glad you are feeling better. My son has been sick for the last few days with a nasty cold. The soup looks delicious and I would think that would make anything better!

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    pam — September 18, 2012 @ 4:06 am

    Hope you feel better! I’ve already had my first back to school cold, and I made myself a big bowl of Vietnamese Pho.

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    Jenn's Food Journey — September 18, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    Mmmmm… comfort in a bowl.. I love it!!!

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    bellini — September 18, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    A nice hot bowl of tasty soup cures all.

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    Mary — September 18, 2012 @ 6:32 am

    This soup sounds delicious. I hope that everyone in your family is feeling much better this morning! Have a blessed day, Pam.

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    Jessica@LovesAvocado — September 18, 2012 @ 8:04 am

    This sounds so yummy! I will have to make it soon :)

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    Kim in MD — September 18, 2012 @ 8:17 am

    Pam- I’m so glad you are ok…I was worried about you! :-) This soup looks so comforting and healthy. I hope you and your children feel better soon!

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    Michelle — September 18, 2012 @ 10:43 am

    This looks so good and smells even better! Mine is simmering on the stove now. Thanks for the recipe!!

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    Marjie — September 18, 2012 @ 2:07 pm

    That soup looks like just what you need to help everyone over their colds. I hope it doesn’t have any of you down for too long, but I really do understand about the school germs coming home and infesting everyone! Gah!

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    teresa — September 18, 2012 @ 2:15 pm

    nothing more healing than a delicious bowl of soup. i hope you’re feeling better. and i will be making this very soon!

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — September 18, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    Hope you’re feeling better. I know that soup would make me feel better, it looks so good!

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    Sues — September 18, 2012 @ 5:19 pm

    I love that this soup is packed full of all the good stuff!! :)

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    Lia — September 19, 2012 @ 6:19 am

    Hi Pam,
    This one is my kind of food and amazing combination of flavours. I might give it a try and very soon.
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Chris — September 19, 2012 @ 3:34 pm

    good tip on the masher. I normally just tap the hell out of the sausage with a wooden spoon. Hope you feel all better.

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    Patti — September 24, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    I made this soup for dinner tonight! Thank you so much! It was delicious. Only changes I made were reg Italian sausage and left out the bouillon. Pretty healthy for the most part. Awesome!

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    Jessica — September 25, 2012 @ 7:51 am

    Oh my gossshhh! That looks so good!
    MMMMM!

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    Kate — September 25, 2012 @ 10:56 am

    I’m making this for dinner tonight, along with herb and cheddar muffins!

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    Interior Roof Survey — September 25, 2012 @ 4:08 pm

    tis the season for soup… and tis my favorite food season!

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    Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — September 5, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    Just what you need when you’re not feeling well. Or any time for that matter.

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    Mamkess — September 7, 2013 @ 4:33 pm

    OMG, I am obsessed with this soup! I made it once with Kale because I didn’t have any spinach and it was amazing. I have made it like 3 times, OBSESSED! thanks for the recipe

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    Julia — January 23, 2014 @ 7:12 am

    I made this with hot Italian pork sausage and it was absolutely delicious. Thanks!

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